Dementia Care Specialist Training
Trainer Contact Information
Illinois Department on Aging
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62703
firstname.lastname@example.org or (217) 785-5291
Act now! Deadline to enroll: Monday, February 3.
The goal of this training is to provide non-clinical aging network staff with the knowledge and resources to more effectively assist persons with dementia and their caregivers.
The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) has established six core competencies (in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Alzheimer’s Advisory Committee) for Dementia Care Specialists. The training curriculum will utilize a blended format of both on-line and in person classroom sessions, based on the following core competencies:
- Knowledge of Dementia
- Safety for People with Dementia
- Communicating with People with Dementia
- Behavioral Expressions
- Person-Centered Planning
- Resources (classroom only)
Each potential Dementia Care Specialist (DCS) will be required to complete both the pre-test and webinars before participating in the classroom portion of the training. The webinars will provide general information in the form of PowerPoint presentations, videos and interactive websites; the classroom sessions will provide practical, everyday application of the webinar materials in the form of lecture, discussion, case scenarios and role playing. The first classroom session will cover the first three webinars (see above) and the second classroom session will cover points 4, 5, and 6 (see above). Post-tests will be given at the conclusion of each classroom session.
Upon completion of all of the training components, each DCS will receive a certificate of completion, which may be used for in-service training.
- Introductory telephone conference.
Each trainee must participate in one of the scheduled telephone conferences. The times/dates are:
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Friday, February 21, 2020 9:00 am – 10:00 am
- Pre and post-tests
Following participation in the introductory telephone conference, each trainee must complete the pre-test and scan it to the trainer before receiving access to the webinars. A post test will be administered at the conclusion of each in-person classroom session.
- In-person classroom sessions:
Each trainee must complete both of the two in-person classroom sessions:
DuPage County Administration Building
421 N. County Farm Rd., Room 3500B
Wheaton, IL 60187
Monday, March, 9, 2020, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday, April 3, 2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
11021 E Co Rd 800 N
Charleston, IL 61920
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm